Some images from yesterday’s Bushwick Art Park at Factory Fresh: featuring sculptural pieces by Skewville, El Celso, Sweet Toof, Leon Reid IV, Infinity, Specter, and others & with a block-long mural by Veng.
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Luna already covered the details in this post, but here are a few more shots of local artists preparing for this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios and the Bushwick Art Park (today only!).
Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)
Bast (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)
Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)
Robot Will Kill’s Veng has been working around the clock to complete a new, block-long mural in time for this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios. On Saturday, Vandevoort Place by Factory Fresh will be shut to traffic and transformed into Bushwick Art Park, a one-day sculpture garden featuring works by Bast, Leon Reid IV, Specter, Skewville, Ben Godward, Infinity, Garry Nichols, Tyrome Tripoli and El Celso.
Factory Fresh also celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday – congrats, Ali and Ad! – with the opening of a new show co-curated with Jason Andrew. Surrealism includes works by Jim Avignon, Kevin Curran, Ryan Michael Ford, Paul D’Agostino, Jake Genen, Ben Godward, Tamara Gonzales, Andrew Hurst, Amy Lincoln, Rebecca Litt, Francesco Longnecker, Norman Jabaut, J.P. Marin, Brooke Moyse, Garry Nichols, Patricia Satterlee, Pufferella, Kevin Regan, Skewville, John Sunderland, Sweet Toof, Tyrome Tripoli, Marjorie Van Cura and Veng.
Veng will further demonstrate his painting skills at the nearby Curbs & Stoops Active Space, where he and Nathan Pickett will be live painting. The space also opens a group show, Stay Gold, featuring Don Pablo Pedro, Nathan Pickett, QRST, Quel Beast, and Vahge.
Saturday, June 4th
Bushwick Art Park + Surrealism
1053 Flushing Avenue
(between Morgan and Knickerbocker)
Stay Gold + Live Painting + Open Studios
Curbs & Stoops Active Space
566 Johnson Avenue
You’ll find more info on the full slate of weekend festivities at Bushwick Open Studios!
With the season officially opening at Coney Island this past weekend, the good people at No Longer Empty took advantage of the area’s “developing landscape” (that is, imminent destruction) and arranged for artists Over Under and Veng to tackle a long stretch of blue construction barriers. The seaside carnival themed mural can be viewed at the nexus of Coney Island, the intersection of Stillwell and Surf Avenues. How much local flavor the area will retain in coming years remains to be seen…
As a follow-up to Becki’s post from earlier this week about Veng’s upcoming show at Pandemic Gallery, here is a preview of the pieces he painted on the gallery’s back wall. His technical proficiency with a spray can cannot be denied – it is a defining strong point of his street work – Friday’s opening promises to bring his more public side together with his equally as finely crafted studio work.
Works by H. Veng Smith
December 17th – January 8th
Artist Reception December 17th, 7 -11pm
37 Broadway b/w Kent & Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This Friday, Veng of Robots Will Kill will be exhibiting the first solo show of his work at Pandemic Gallery. Since The Street Spot’s own Luna Park wrote the press release for Identifiable Reality, I am happy to be able to share her insight into Veng’s work along with my photos previewing the show.
“In his first solo show, Veng takes us back to simpler times, to an era when things were made to last. Inspired by the artistry and work ethic of his grandfather, who hailed from a family of Swedish carpenters, Veng’s detail-rich paintings focus on the craftsmanship of the handmade. Embracing the handmade aesthetic to the fullest for this exhibition, Veng had custom mahogany panels built and crafted his own paints from simple pigments and linseed oil. Blurring the lines between the substantive and the imaginary, his paintings depict a world populated by a cast of stoic characters and whimsical winged creatures that interact with wooden contraptions more phantasmagorical than real. Drawing equally on the Old Masters and modern-day illustrators, Veng’s work possesses a timelessness not often captured by his contemporaries.
Born on Staten Island in 1981, Veng began studying painting as a young kid at a local art league. Since then, painting has remained an integral part of his life. With his work, he looks to capture the feel of something made long ago, be it characters with old-fashioned appearances or objects with Old World designs. He depicts ideas in his paintings in a representational and faithful manner, yet conveys them visually with a whimsical touch.
Borrowing from techniques of the Northern Renaissance, Veng paints by building up multiple layers. His thought process for painting, however, is less traditional and very much informed by his background in street art. He aims to make surreal impressions, with characters whose square heads are on the one hand very unreal, yet whose facial features are eerily familiar. He enjoys depicting scenes showing the viewer fictitious landscapes of an Old World interspersed with contemporary qualities. Nature also plays an important role in Veng’s work. He shows animals in a more traditional manner, painting them with realistic colors and textures. Often he’ll couple animals with imaginary devices that they control.
works by H. Veng Smith
December 17th – January 8th
Artist Reception December 17th, 7-11pm
37 Broadway b/w Kent & Wyth
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A couple of weeks ago, one of my good friends, the very talented photographer Jazz Beaulieu, picked back up one of my favorite ongoing projects of hers, “We Are Law“. Between shoots, I asked her to take a few minutes to explain the series to The Street Spot’s readers:
“‘We are Law’ is a project I started back in 2005. I had been friends with Royce Bannon and Infinity for about a year from going to parties and a bunch of gallery and painting events. You couldn’t help but want to create whenever you were around those guys. I’d meet people who were so passionate about their art. They’d ask me what I was doing and I never had much of an answer at the time…I always felt a little out of place because I wasn’t a street artist or a painter or a graphic designer. I am a portrait photographer and back then, I wasn’t even doing much of that. I had just moved to NY and was more or less just trying to get planted in my industry however I could. Hanging out with those guys reminded me of why I was living there in the first place.”
“So, I began creating again, shooting small projects here and there outside of street art. After spending about 2 years with everyone, I wanted to do something to document them, which is how I came up with the idea for “We Are Law”. I liked the idea of “masking” the artists’ identities while capturing the personas that they work to create. I wanted to make their characters come to life. We’ve all seen portraits of artists with a bandana or a hand blocking their faces or with their back turned etc. I wanted something original. I wanted something that was “collaborative” in the same way that those first parties I went to with them had been. And so was born ‘We Are Law’.”
“The first shoot was with artists and friends – Gore-B, Infinity, Deeker, Celso, Pufferella and Io Wright. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The biggest challenge for most the artists is to create a 3 dimensional piece of art. Most of them only paint 2-D. I was taken back by the effort they put into their creations. I was flattered that they took it so seriously and really brought another level to the work. I knew after that that this was going to be a great project.”
“I chose the name “We Are Law” to give credit to the artists as creators who choose where and when their artwork will be seen without any weigh on the propriety/legality of it. They made their own laws and law enforcement is still trying to catch up, so I thought “We Are Law” was an appropriate name that depicts them as trail blazers rather then criminals. The lineup backdrop is just mockery.”
“This project is ongoing and ultimately I’d like to have an exhibition with the masks on display along with the printed pieces and publish a book as well.”
In the most recent shoot for this series, Jazz has included the artists Dark Clouds, Keely, Royce Bannon, Billi Kid, Chris & Veng of Robots Will Kill, Anera, Matt Siren & Rob Fokused and has an upcoming shoot planned for UR New York, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Abe Lincoln Jr., Wrona and Elbow Toe. Any other artists interested in participating in “We Are Law” should contact Jazz at email@example.com